The purpose of a ceiling fan is to help create a soothing, comfortable atmosphere wherever placed. Chances are you want a fixture which is quiet, stylish, and able to cool the room down to your desired atmosphere. The noise level, design, and functionality of a ceiling fan are even more important to consider when being placed in a bedroom. One of the benefits of sleeping with a bedroom fan is the gentle sound it should make.
What Makes a Ceiling Fan Quiet?
The sound which your ceiling fan makes is key for promoting relaxation and encouraging a deeper sleep. The question is-- how can you be confident that the ceiling fan you are purchasing is quiet and how can you be sure it’s a good fit for your bedroom? We're taking the guess-work out of this by sharing our top bedroom fans and a few tips to help you pick the best match for your restful retreat!
Pictured below is a guide to walk you through some of our top bedroom ceiling fans and information to help you choose the perfect fit! The top considerations are motor, Energy Star ratings and CFM rating, and mounting type. Based on these considerations, we've put together a list of the best ceiling fans for different types of bedrooms found in a typical residence. We hope you enjoy!
The motor of your ceiling fan can determine the noise level that is produced. Here are the top 3 quietest ceiling fan motor types:
- Oil Bath Motor: The very first ceiling fan motor technology used. The motor is heavy and requires an oil check every one to five years, but sway and vibration are reduced significantly.
- Flywheel Motor: A high-performance AC motor that has been in production since 1979. The flywheel discs in the motor absorb shock, ensuring quiet operation.
- DC Motor: Fans with DC motors have higher torque, greater control, are light weight, and are virtually silent-making them perfect for bedrooms.
Efficiency: Energy Start & CFM Rating
Energy Star ratings indicate ceiling fans which are more efficient. In a room that you will use every evening to relax, efficiency can mean big savings! Fans with an Energy Star rating are 20% more efficient than standard ceiling fans. In addition, these fans have improved blade designs and motors that move air more efficiently than traditional ceiling fans.
A higher CFM may indicate a less quiet ceiling fan. Ceiling fans with low CFM ratings provide a gentler breeze. However, ceiling fans with average CFM ratings which are not high are also very valid options! Ceiling fans which do not obtain a high CFM indicate that the ceiling fan will not only be much quieter, but it will be circulating air in a much gentler fashion to keep a more suitable sleeping environment.
Hugger ceiling fans reduce more than just space. Ceiling fans which are mounted flush to the ceiling further prevent swaying of the fan which reduces any extra noise. When a ceiling fan is mounted securely to the ceiling like a hugger ceiling fan, it has a tendency to run quieter. Low profile fans offer a cool solution because they are installed flush against the ceiling without the use of a downrod, which helps to prevent wobbling.
Disclaimer: Most ceiling fans come with a short downrod of less than 6 inches, which can be switched out for a longer downrod (as long as 72”). Downrods longer than 12” are only needed for ceilings 10 feet or highter to provide optimal airflow in a room. Having a ceiling fan downrod does not mean that your ceiling fan will not remain quiet. Ceiling fans with very long downrods simply have a greater chance of experience wobble. The most important factor in determining whether or not you need a low-profile fan or a ceiling fan with a downrod is your ceiling height. To find out whay you need, make sure to read What Size Downrod do I Need?
Overall Best Bedroom Ceiling Fan
The Hunter Original ceiling fan is damp-rated and ideal for enclosed porches, covered patios, greenhouses and more, but most importantly, it is a wonderful bedroom ceiling fan. The Original features the first and quietest ceiling fan motor technology used - an Oil Bath motor. This makes it a top candidate for the bedroom as a quiet lull will send the sandman your way! Not only does its name indicate that it is a classic, but its design also showcases its classic appeal.
Quietest Bedroom Ceiling Fan
Casablanca Stealth DC
Casablanca's Stealth DC is extremely powerful and highly efficient. By highly efficient we mean four to five times more so than other motors. This a huge win for the Stealth! This already impressive fan is combined with an Energy Star LED light kit. The Casablanca Stealth collection is also available in Brushed Nickel and brings contemporary style. To learn more about the Stealth and how to install the fan yourself, check out our introduction video and Installation guide!.
Best Ceiling Fan for Small Bedrooms
Emerson Prima Snugger
The Prima Snugger by Emerson is a direct-to-ceiling mount fan that features a DC motor and provides an updated and thoughtful solution to rooms with a lower ceiling clearance. Not only does this low-profile ceiling fan save space, but it comes available in four different finishes and reversible blades. The Prima Snugger is a beautiful option when it comes to hugger ceiling fans. For a list of the top flush mount ceiling fans, make sure to check out our guide The Best Huggers are Actually Fans.
Best Ceiling Fan for Large Master Bedrooms
The Kichler Link ceiling fan features a dramatic focal point with an open-air, circular center that draws the eye up and brings the blades together flawlessly. Its DC motor combined with an average CFM rating makes it a perfect fit for anyone who wants a light breeze in their bedroom. Let’s be honest, this fan is also just a unique showstopper. If you’re looking specifically for individuality, make sure to browse through all of our unique ceiling fans. Not only are they memorable, but many of them could be added for an extra delight to the bedroom.
Best Bedroom Ceiling Fans with Lights
Minka-Aire Light Wave
The Minka Aire Light Wave is a very popular ceiling fan. With a sleek appeal, its soft lighting brings a wonderful touch to the bedroom. This makes tasks such as reading and getting dressed much easier. The Light Wave is the next generation of Minka’s highly successful, ground-breaking Wave fan. Its energy-efficient LED light source integrates light without compromising design. The Light Wave is available in three different finishes and has a gorgeous and innovative design.
Best Bedroom Ceiling Fans with Remote
With its attractive curves, the Craftmade Pireos DC motor ceiling fan provides a distinct look. The simplicity of the bentwood, tri-blade design makes the Pireos a focal point in any living area. Curves have never looked so good! The bentwood, tri-blade design provides a distinct look along with exceptional air movement. The simplicity of style makes the Pireos a focal point whether your home is modern, mid-century modern, or anything in between.
Best Bedroom Ceiling Fan for Kid’s Room
Minka-Aire Concept II
As the name implies, the Minka Aire Concept II is a taste of things to come. Simple in style yet ingenious by design. The Concept II LED requires 75% less time and labor to assemble than conventional ceiling fans. Installing the Minka Aire Concept II is made easy with our installation video. The Minka Aire Concept II is another wonderful option for ceiling fans which are mounted closer to your ceiling. This fixture is sure to make less noise and provide a comfortable and spacious environment for children of any age.
Best Ceiling Fans for the Home Office
The simple and sleek two-blade Duplex by Fanimation combines a Matte Greige finish with a deep smoked glass motor cover. This ceiling fan features an integrated, dimmable LED light along with a DC motor. The Duplex is certainly a handsome fan.
- Minka-Aire: A Contemporary & Timeless Brand
- Craftmade: A Brand Strong in Design & Technology
- Casablanca: Bringing Craftsmanship & Innovation
- Ceiling Fan Rating Guide
- What Size Ceiling Fan Do I Need?
- What Size Downrod Do I Need?
- Minka-Aire Ceiling Fan Installation Guide YouTube Playlist
- Casablanca Ceiling Fan YouTube Playlist